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Women Protest for the Right to Bare Breasts in Public (Video)

August 27, 2009 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Local NewsMiscellaneous  | 59 Comments

Women have come a long way in this country from the days that they couldn’t vote and were not allowed to attend college and were not allowed to own property.

But they still have not reached full equality with men. At least when it comes to taking off their shirts.

Only one state has made it legal for women to walk around in public topless in the same manner that men do. And that is New York. And only because of a 1992 court ruling that said it cannot be illegal for a women to be topless if it is legal for a man to be topless.

However, in 2005, 25-year-old Jill Coccaro was arrested in New York City after she removed her top in public. She sued and won $29,000 two years later.

There have been other landmark victories for the so-called topfree movement.

But despite the laws that forbid women from being topless in most other states, most women don’t seem overly concerned about walking around topless. If anything, the real battle is over breastfeeding in public.

However, one group of women – who happen to believe that life on earth was created by aliens – are doing all they can to make it legal to bare their breasts in public.

After all, they argue, the aliens didn’t provide them breasts to keep them covered.


On Sunday, the women and men from, who are Raelists, took to the streets of Miami Beach; New York; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; Columbus, Ohio; and Maui, Hawaii and took off their tops in protest.

Well, down here, they kept little nipples pasties to prevent themselves from getting arrested as they marched down Lincoln Road, chanting “free your mind, free your breasts.”

If the shock factor was what they were after, they failed to get it. After all, bare breasts sans pasties are plentiful on the sands of South Beach.

Most people just looked on amused. A few took photographs. Some women even flashed their own breasts.

In fact, Mr. Clucky has gotten more attention on Lincoln Road than these three almost topless women.


It was anticlimactic considering they spent more than a month hyping up the event, sending jolts of excitement through a few local photographers who ended up encountering more men protesting in bras than women protesting without bras.

However, in Keene, New Hampshire over the weekend, a group of protesters who are not part of the Raelists movement but part of the free state movement, took to the streets wearing open holstered handguns.

One of the gun-strapped protesters was an 18-year-old woman named Cassidy Nicosia was also not wearing a shirt. She ended up arrested for indecent exposure.

So breasts are obviously more threatening than loaded handguns.


Has it always like this?

In Europe, at the start of the Renaissance in the 14th century and lasting until the 19th century,  it was not uncommon for women to expose their breasts in public. In fact, a woman’s bare ankles, legs or shoulders were considered more risqué.

Breasts were a common theme in paintings and sculptures and fashion throughout the era. From Wikipedia:

Breast-baring female fashions have been traced to fifteenth-century courtesan Agnès Sorel, mistress to Charles VII of France, whose gowns in the French court sometimes exposed one or both of her breasts. (Jean Fouquet’s portrayal of the Virgin Mary with her left breast uncovered is believed to have taken Sorel as a model.)

Similar fashions became popular in England during the seventeenth century when they were worn by Queen Mary II and by Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England, for whom architect Inigo Jones designed a masque costume that fully revealed both of her breasts.[4]

However, the United States has always been influenced by Puritans, so this mentality remained ingrained in our culture.

Topless sunbathing for Europe has been popular in Europe since the mid 1960s, but it only started catching on in Miami during the late 1980s with a sudden influx of European tourists (there have been segregated nude beaches since the 1970s).

So it is technically illegal for a woman to take off her top, but it’s been tolerated since then because, after all, tourists are bringing in money.

But we still don’t know what will happen if a women walks completely topless down Lincoln Road.

Maybe we’ll finally find out during next year’s protest.




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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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59 Comments on

"Women Protest for the Right to Bare Breasts in Public (Video)"

Maria de los Angeles says:

Thanks for the article, Carlos.

This isn’t the only woman’s protest on Lincoln Road.  Each year, women protest equal salaries (by peacefully marching and wearing red), which I think is a far more important issue than god damn boobs.

Posted on 08/27/2009 at 10:15 AM

Aaron in Miramar says:

I’m really surprised that Star Jones being a member of this protest didn’t garner more media attention.  Excuse me while I throw up in my mouth a lil bit.

Posted on 08/28/2009 at 10:35 AM

Ramish says:

it is really shameful to see some people in US gathering to protest for the right to bare breasts. really. i just hope the government stop these people and not to approve the right for bare breasts, because if it approves it then these people protest for the right for all over of body bare., and that will happen certainly. just one thing more. bad people have the habit of animals they do not have brain so they like to live like animals. those people always think about bare (sex) but no promotion in life no humanity. really embarrassing!

Posted on 10/18/2009 at 3:26 AM

Rachums says:

No Ramish, you are wrong. This is not about sexual gratification, and no one is advocating that men and women be allowed to go around completely naked. These folks are simply pointing out the inconsistency between men being allowed to go topless but not women, and asking that all people be treated the same under the law regardless of gender. Frankly I think the fact that you automatically equate breasts with sex says more about you than anything else.

However, Maria is right - there are more worthy causes to spend one’s limited time and energy on.

Posted on 10/25/2009 at 8:03 AM

Ramish says:

No Rachums, i think your personal information is not good to talk about these matters,anyway you said your idea and i respect. you said it is not about sexual gratification. i may agree only now as it seems not to be about sexual. well,one thing i want to say there is always a start for something, if those people started claiming the right for bare breasts then they will certainly claim the right to go around fully naked.that is a matter of FACT. why only a number of people (who even do not know what is right, what does right mean? protesting right for bare breasts? why? . we as human beings should know ourselves. who are we? the values we have/the blessings? there has to a balance to keep the justice. the men are allowed to go topless that is because they do not have breasts (there is physically a difference) if they had then both women and men would be considered the same. both men and women are human beings they have equal rights and must have equal rights to implement the justice. since there is a difference then it requires us to consider it various to observe the MORALITY. it is about moral. and what they do it is against moral values.
it is as clear as a snap!

Posted on 10/25/2009 at 11:01 PM

Sean Mark says:

Where it starts and where it end .. what are the limits and who will define them .. is the real question .. when can one say that its enough .. will it be left to personal discretion or groups of people will decide and why a group should decide what the other group does not agree? so do we need divine guidance? wink may be

Posted on 11/20/2009 at 7:58 AM

grejd says:

let me get this straight. these women are protesting that they are being treated unfairly by the law, because the law allows men to be bare chested in public, while women are not??? they think theyre being discrimated against? they think that the law is sexist? I’m sorry, but there is a huge difference between a right to employment, or a right to vote, than the so-called “right” to walk around half-naked. the first two have to do with what it means to be a human and a citizen of the US, the latter has to do with the simple fact that women have breasts and men don’t. while you can equate men and women as citizens, you can’t equate men and women physically. that’s the reason for this law.

Posted on 04/05/2010 at 1:27 PM

abraham says:

I agree wtih what grejd’s opinion. men and women are not the same. they’re differetly created by god. We should think it over why women in this world dislike to show their breast naked in public. They must be ashamed becouse they are human. not animal. animals are sure naked all over the world. but human has morality to do that. So please to those who wants to be bare breasts shown in public to restrain their purpose don’t be against the general universe law.

Posted on 04/06/2010 at 6:09 AM

dv says:

Wow, religious whackaloons on your site. That must feel charming.

Posted on 04/06/2010 at 4:06 PM

Rob in Australia says:

for gods sake, they are just breasts, get over it….

Posted on 04/06/2010 at 8:35 PM

Rail Car Fan says:

Well I checked out the pictures.. and as far as I’m concerned most of them should have stayed covered.  What a ugly sight..!

Posted on 04/06/2010 at 10:38 PM

Aaron says:

Ramish, grejd: Don’t be an ignorant ass.  Of course men have breasts, complete with nipples.  They’re just much smaller on average, and not very good for dispensing milk.

abraham: Covering female breasts is not a human universal by any means. It’s entirely cultural. Never took a look at National Geographic, eh?

Posted on 04/07/2010 at 12:48 AM

Steve says:

Nice slippery slope Ramish. Be careful not to fall. For a more a complete look at this issue check out Penn & Tellers Bullshit! episode on Breast Hysteria.

Posted on 04/28/2010 at 12:11 AM

Brat Patil says:

This act is sameful. As tomorrow men may protest and fight for bare penis. Such animal life may be objected?

Posted on 05/30/2010 at 10:39 AM

hideo says:

Doesn’t make any sense.

Men and women were created differently, & women will not have the same rights as men.
Men also would not get the same rights as a woman.  it’s equall..

We have reached the modern age and technology. We are given minds to think of the good and bad.

This is the same as the dark era of long ago ... or maybe I should call them a CAVE MEN..^o^hoho

Posted on 05/30/2010 at 10:52 PM

Ramish says:

Aaron, you know it is very sad when i see some people in this world which one of them is surely you trying to ignore and cover up the facts.however they know what they say is not right but still they continue insisting only to make their ideas accepted to others. i just want you to be honest at least with yourself. i mean you have got brain so why you are not using your brain in a good manner. why you do not wanna accept facts. it is like some one who knows that the way they are going is wrong but still they are going.

Posted on 06/21/2010 at 4:24 AM

Rob says:

hmm… I agree with dv… religious wankers need to meet their maker… sooner rather than later..  I mean.. if god created breasts, and what god creates is beautiful.. then what the hell is the problem? Its not a religious argument, its based on idealogy which is worse than religion (take nazis for example…). I have no issues with breasts in public - at the beach, or in a cafe… if a woman wants to cool down.. who cares? Prudish, conservative, boring people.. thats who

Posted on 06/21/2010 at 5:00 PM

Coriander says:

WOW, i cannot believe how many men here obviously dont beleive women should have the same rights as men. Sounds like someone feels a little inferior, YES women and men are made differently so, that means a women should be shamed by men? that means men have the right to play GOD and decide what is right and wrong for women? FACT: nothing is right or wrong, only thinking makes it so, and evidently every single being chooses to think differently. DUH! just because women have somethign men dont( i know breast hold such a high purpose that its hard not to feel inferior inst it guys?)doesnt mean u have the right to shame them, SOUNDS more to me like a male dominated EGO trip eh guys?

And dont even say that women would get raped if they were topless the only way they would is if big EGOs like yourselves believed that they needed to be punished all because your big egos make u feel inferior. Anyways, it is proven that cultures that express equalization and are all naked and naturist colonies actually have quite a drastically lower level of rape, teen pregnancies and any sexualy assault. U KNOW WHY GUYS?? because these arent male dominated societies, they are loveing, peaceful, equal societies. I know, with all the ways humans are conditioned to be it must be extremly hard to wrap your heads around eh men? THE FACTS ARE STILL THE SAME, WE LIVE IN A COMPLETELY MALE DOMINATED SOCIETY AND ALL MEN ARE LOOKING TO DOMINATE IS EVERYTHING THEY POSSIBLY CAN, Y? BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN FEAR, WHEN MEN FEEL THAT SOMEHTING COULD OVER POWER THEM, WHICH I CAN GUARANTEE WAS NEVER THE INTENTION OF A CHILDBEARING BREAST FEEDING WOMAN, THEY ACT ON THEIR FEAR, trying to repress women into believing that they need to do what men think they should. MEN LIVE IN FEAR, that whats wrong with the world, WOMEN WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN LOVE, if only there wasnt such an enourmous repression from the mens part. a preacher on the road once said to me ” when women choose to be submissive to men, the will live in peace and happiness’‘, i guess this guy thought that peace and happiness was women and children are constanly being raped and abused, teaching our sons and daughter that they need to deal with it and this is the way it is menat to be. i DONT WANT MY SON GROWING UP THINKING HE NEEDS TO SENSELESSLY JOIN THE MILITARY AND KILL PEOPLE BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MEN ARE TEACING HIM, I DONT WANT HIM THINKING THAT HE DOESNT NEED TO FEEL AND THAT WOMEN ARE MEANT TO CARRY THE BURDENS OF THE WORLD, OR RAPE AND BEAT WOMEN, NOR DO I WANT MY DUAHGTER GROWING UP THINKING THAT SHE JUST NEEDS TO ACCEPT THE FACT OF BEING RAPED AND ABUSED AND HAVING TO DRESS AND BEHAVE A CERTAIN WAY AND THAT HER FEELING DONT MATTER.  puttling labels like man and woman only puts limits on beings, any and every bering in the world can think, feel love and do whatever they want. WHAT WE NEED IS FOR MORE WOMEN TO TAKE A STAND AND SHOW THE WORLD LOVE, LOVE DOES OVERPOWER THE FEARS MEN HAVE INSITLLED INTO US, WE ONLY THINK OTHERWISE BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN INSTILLED BY FEAR. THE FACT IS, AND IVE DONE SOME RESEARCH, mens and womens nipples are both just as sexual and sexually arousing, the only difference is that women have bigger chests, not for sexual reasons dumbasses! your dont need to think and judge everything as though it was made for u! dont judge my breast as if thyre up to your standards or not, i dont do that to u. ILL PUT THIS IN CAPS SO U TARDS CAN HOPEFULLY UNDERSTAND, WOMEN HAVE MORE FLESH ON THEIR CHESTS BECAUSE, AND U SHOULD HAVE LEARNED THIS IN EITHER BIOLOGY OR LIKE GRADE 7 HEALTH CLASS, BECAUSE THE HAVE MILK DUCTS IN THEM SILLY! THEY ARE FOR FEEDING BABIES AND OUR CHILDREN AND GIVING THEM THE PROPER NUTRIENTS THEY NEED FOR HEALTHY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT, AND ACTUALLY BREASTFEEDING IS PROVEN TO HELP PREVENT DISEASES AND MENTAL HALETH PROBLEMS IN MOTHERS AND BABIES, IT ALSO HELPS PREVENT UTERINE CANCER AND BREAT CANCER,  so i guess men want to make women feel ashamed of themseles so that we arent healthy and our children dont get the proper nutrient they need to grow wise, maybe thats whats happening, women are repressed so much that now were all hving braindamaged babies, i guess that what men want to conform them to their silly ideas. AND YOU GUYS ALL SOND LIKE MUSLIMS byt he way, and your rligion will never take over the world so dream on losers!

Posted on 07/08/2010 at 2:38 PM

Corriander says:

and u know what grejd? yuo0r right, u cant equate men and women the same physically because women have more purpose for there bodies, womens breast( unlike mens) is meant for something more than sex! so why shouldnt we be able to feed our children jus because u feel inferior?! Y should we hide our bodies jus because you cant find a higher purpose for yours than carrying a gun and hurting ppl and being physically dominating even though we all know women are actually stronger than men in every way, men jus try to trick u to think otherwise, The strongest muscle in the human body is the uteris, and whatu know, only women have them, and obviously women are stronger mentally and emotionally, were still standin and raisin our kids despite everything were put through and we can still love, despite what women go through from yoru species can u believe were still standing? even some of us still by u guys(although mostly out of fear) and u can sleep at night? “HOW IS A WOMAN TO RAISE HER CHILDREN IN A WORLD COMPLETELY CONDITIONED BY MEN?” ILL TELL U,  we were given souls of steel, hearts of gold, and strong strong minds to still be standing after hurtin folk like u roam the world, and ill tell u, your most likely so hurtin because u didnt have enoguh love growing up and u think the only way to get love is to make ppl fear u, so they dont leave u, when u kill them before they ahve a chance anyways, well sorry u didnt get enough love growng up, but open your eyes, your mom was probably too busy being beat and raped by your father and his father to take care of u, when she cant even take care of herself….and hideo buddy? what the ef do u mean? men will not get the same rights as women, what rights do women have that men dont? huh? i siad your all probly jus a bunch of muslims, sad sad, u are not god! u are not the upper hand and i guess life will have to show u that the hard way!  AND YOUR RELGION WILL NEVER TAKE OVER THE WORLD, U ARE GOING TO ROT IN THE HELL UVE CREATED FOR A LOOONG LOONG TIME!!! and ill be laughing, full of infinite love and joy as i fly away, looking down at u, burning, and the difference between my laughter and yours is, mine will be full of love and yours will be completly induced by fear, and sorrow, and those alone, unless u change and be submisslive to LOVE, which your weak weak EGO most likely never will :( ya, im goin off, jus amazing how many ppl are still like this even thoguh weve reached the 2000’s, and i know there are still some “men” out there who do feel love, and think about love instead of just there big egos and doin what men are generallly conditioned to be like, i know therer are some who are strong to think outside the box, most likely the ones whos fathers didnt beat there mothers and let the feel comfortable to breastfeed and take care of there children…still sad thoguh, and i will forgive u because my hheart tells me so, but i will never be submissive to your stupid self- centered, fear based laws! raspberry

Posted on 07/13/2010 at 12:54 PM

Tim says:

I think it should be allowed for women to show their breasts on public because men can show theirs and there isnt really a difference if you catch my drift

Posted on 08/20/2010 at 2:10 PM

Elle says:

this isnt about sexuality, its about equality. yes, there are more important things that people should be fighting for. However, think about the 1920’s when women’s voting wasn’t legal and what a big deal suffrage was. Or even before that, black people! Remember when “the american people” thought all of them as not equal and how WRONG that was? this is the same thing. Nipples are not a sexual organ, they are the same for men and women. When a human embryo is first starting to develop, the nipples are created before the gender is decided. It is because men [and men-fearing-women] have deemed breasts as sexual that they have become indecent to show in public. If you’re concerned about it being the size of the breast area then overweight men should not be allowed to go topless and flat chested girls should be able to be topless then! Im sure narrow minded people said the same thing when it was considered indecent for women to show their ankles, or shoulders! And please, i HARDLY think that they are going to start walking around EVERYWHERE topless. The same rules would apply to women, no shirt no shoes no service.

Posted on 08/24/2010 at 11:51 AM

Tim says:

If it happens how a men can control his penis as the breasts are considered to sex organ(also it is)

Posted on 09/05/2010 at 5:32 PM

Edward says:

how about this everyone how about make it legal for girl to be topless and as americans we should all have the right to wear a shirt or not.For those girls who want to walk around topless go ahead for those who want to wear shitrs and bras do so.therefor everyone is equally its not a big deal.and if anyone has a problem them go move some where els ha ha.we have bigger problems then this in america so let thi one pass and lets get down to our government,the war,and depression problems.

P.S. i am a guy who is not a supporter nor do i dont approve it im just in the middle and except women for who they are I’m 18 and not dumb and if you have a problem or want to talk about it email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) im open to listen about this and learn

Posted on 09/29/2010 at 12:13 PM

Sthozbob says:

I agree Edward.. I think Education should be one of America’s top priorities right now… and I’m from Australia… smile

Posted on 09/29/2010 at 4:44 PM

Jim says:

I’m a 49 Y.O. male and I agree with the women. There is nothing indecent of a womans breast. As a matter of opinion, there are more men that should not be allowed to be topless than there are women. We are too stuck-up in the united states.

Posted on 09/30/2010 at 4:41 AM

Ameda says:

The biggest problem here is that breast have become associated more with sex than they are with nutrition for infant children. I blame that on things like Playboy and the porn industry. I’m convinced we’ll never reach a point where that sexual association will be dropped for the natural benefits women’s breast offer. It’s truly sad too.

Posted on 10/08/2010 at 2:22 PM

Ramish says:

Jim, you love to see women topless cause you enjoy watching them topless and it is the base of your thoughts. only logic-based thoughts and opinions!!! you know guys, what i found out of the discussion above it is more a notion of stomachs than brain(s). we should first learn humanity values and then give comments.

Posted on 10/18/2010 at 11:54 PM

Rob the realist says:

Guys…. kids brought up with topless women a common sight (at home, at the beach etc) will be more comfortable with it and less likely to associate it with sex. It is only because it is covered, and that it is one of the defining features of a woman, that it is linked to sex. I give you the example of tribal Africans - did they possess such inequality? did all they guys ogle at them?... If they are a common sight, the sexualization of them will disappear.

Posted on 10/19/2010 at 3:59 PM

Christena says:

“Rob the realist says:
Guys…. kids brought up with topless women a common sight (at home, at the beach etc) will be more comfortable with it and less likely to associate it with sex. It is only because it is covered, and that it is one of the defining features of a woman, that it is linked to sex. I give you the example of tribal Africans - did they possess such inequality? did all they guys ogle at them?... If they are a common sight, the sexualization of them will disappear.”

I agree completely. Women are not looking at this as a sexual act as most other people are. It is an act of self-expression such as a man or woman dressing in black or wearing a cross as a Christian person would. Were Adam and Eve in the Bible not created naked? I am not a Christian but I know for a fact that they were supposedly created nude. It was only when they ignored God’s rule that they began to realize that they were nude and began to be self-conscious. I do not agree that these women should be prosecuted for baring what is natural and what is beautiful.

Posted on 03/21/2011 at 9:57 PM

Liz says:

The amount of sexually frustrated men on here would be amusing if they weren’t so patriarchal about it. Hey guys, we know that the female body arouses you. So we know that you fear showing your arousal in public at the sight of female breasts. Stop pretending as if it’s anything more than that. God doesn’t come into it. Our differences don’t come into it. It’s just your petty frustrations and embarrassment. Well, I have new for you - most women aren’t embarrassed about seeing a man half-dressed? Why? Because we are used to it. The same way men will get used to seeming bare-breasted women. It’s a little shocking at first, but you’ll get over it. If not, go lock yourself up in your home and look at bare-breasted women on the internet. At least in public it is neither sexual nor degrading.

Personally, I hope one day it will be legal for both men AND women to be fully naked in public. Really, kids, it’s just a body. We were born this way and we will die this way. You’re all just scared of what’s underneath because you’re weak, insecure, or were just raised to think this way. Yes, there are more important things to worry about in the world, so why not get over such a simple thing as a boob and move on? The women will be happy, many men will be happy at seeing it, and eventually it will be a common thing.
If not, then enjoy your ignorance. Maybe you’ll even realised that your so called God doesn’t care for what’s on the outside. Appearance is not important. Maybe you should start acting that way too.

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:48 AM

Liz says:

sorry about the grammar and spelling mistakes - i was in a rush

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 1:52 AM

RPACAS says:

Religious People are Crazy and stupid
wow the amount of people using their fucking religious moral code as if they’re f*cking facts.
Some fairy tale written by batshit crazy f*ckers many years ago is WAY better at helping us understand the world around us than our brains. WERE YOU BREAST FED? was it dirty and sexual then? get a freaking grip! the people who keep finding sexual undertone in someone displaying themselves as they were BORN are in fact, LOOKING FOR it. this is not an issue of trying to be ‘animalistic’. Excuse the hell out of them for thinking that adult men could handle the site of breasts without busting an erection.

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 4:55 AM

Jesus M says:

Wow some of you adults are acting like children
I’m 14 and I see so many ignorant comments here
The Pectorals on a man are considered breasts
Men can be shirtless and show their breasts and nipples but the women cannot?
I swear it seems people now a days become more and more ignorant each day.

A 14 year old boy who schooled most of you.

Have a nice day

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 4:21 PM

Rachel B. says:

I stopped reading the comments after a while, so I suppose I apologize if this has already been addressed, but:

Do any of the men commenting here realize how hot, sweaty, exhausting and truly uncomfortable it can be to walk around on a hot day with a bra and shirt on?

I think this fact alone should be taken into serious consideration. Why, on a piping hot day, can men cool themselves by removing their tops while women have to keep their tops on despite the heat created between/underneath breasts in the first place?

The perversion of boobs has been entirely fabricated. There are entire countries populated by women who live bare-breasted.

Say what you will about God creating us differently; about female breasts being private; about it being indecent, stupid, pointless, unimportant—it is, truly, the principle of the matter.

Men, simply, should not be allowed to go topless if women cannot also.

Posted on 03/22/2011 at 4:36 PM

Ellie says:

Rachel B, I entirely agree with you. The perversion of breasts is simply a cultural thing which cultures without western influences aren’t aware of. Breasts are breasts. As a bisexual girl, I don’t see how they’re sexual in anyway since their purpose is merely practical and the only difference between men and women is men’s breasts aren’t so swollen. So, let’s shake of the 19th century prejudice and realise: if women shouldn’t be allowed to go shirtless in public, then neither should men.

Posted on 03/25/2011 at 12:44 PM

just a thought... says:

Hmmm…. this is a very interesting subject…. as it can go both ways indeed. The thing for some people is the “comfort factor” like disturbing the peace in a way. And not to bring in religion but god DID create people naked… and we wore clothes to originally keep warm…. then since the cavemen wore them and humans have ever since we kinda acted like we NEED them. I think since guys don’t get to see “nudity” that it makes it perverted” cuz if everybody was always naked then there would be no secrets I suppose? No…judging. the wole “size thing” and the female body wouldn’t be so jaw dropping because it would be natural and common. And god said what is wrong and right. And I’m pretty sure “indecent exposure” isn’t one of them… man makes there own laws and restrictions on things when god says its okay. Because they feel the need to be in power. And to take someones freedom away, (In which god gave you himself) because you want to feel more powerful than god himself? Well I understand if it makes people uncomftorable but it WOULD solve many problems here people…

Posted on 04/29/2011 at 10:40 PM

engineer says:

It is forbidden to provoke desire in men

Posted on 10/13/2011 at 3:01 PM

rob the realist says:

Then what are you doing looking for things like this? Thats what I dont get, all these religous nutters look for stuff like this, why? to get their rocks off? sick puppies. And why is it forbidden to provoke desire in men? how about women? can we provoke desire in them? what a crock of horse poo. Get yourself a life! If you want to live like a hermit fine, but don’t expect the rest of the world to do it as well.

Posted on 10/13/2011 at 4:57 PM

Mary says:

The public nudity association website clearly states that once nude in public anywhere, anyplace is legal, they next step IS to push for sex in public to be legal.  The topless crap is not about equality (that’s a ridiculous excuse) it’s about nudists pushing their perversities and harassing good people . breastfeeding is also being used as an excuse. most women can breastfeed in public without shocking people. they are overexposing on purpose. all of it together ...the naked bike ride, with its fake protest excuse to shock people, the fake performances in public, the painting nude models in public squares and calling it art, is all part of the same movement of nudists pushing their minority perverse lifestyle on good citizens.  and we don’t care what they do in Europoe or s. america or any other country. the US is primarily a Christian country (not all foreign countries are, and some that seem to be really were never fully converted from paganism).  We are not them, and do not want to be them.  nudist have designated places to go where others like them exist. but now they want to shock and offend people with perverse displays of their naked selves on city streets. the whole concept is perverse and NOT “natural” at all.  furthermore animals have tails and my dog usually sits very modestly with her tail wrapped around to cover her ahole when in public. humans don’t have tails or fur, because they wear clothes.  Most of us are not animals, but there are some humans who really are disgusting with moral values worse than animals.  We don’t want to see you nakedness.  Get over it and find some other new game to amuse yourselves. P.S. feminists do not care about feeding babies. feminists love abortion. women getting to high corporate jobs…equality with men in the workforce now set back decades, proving that they never were serious.  They want to romp around naked like prostitutes so men can leer at them in public.  They want sexual attention from men…...  or no wait. ..  actually they are not the real feminists?  the are the nudists in disguise !  (and some are space aliens).  No one is taking them serious because they are just people with no dignity and people without respect.  it WILL reach a point where the public backlash will send them all back to hell (or to whatever planet the space aliens came from). what morons.  they claim “we can walk around in public with are t*ts out and men will not leer”  yeah right. they are really are from another planet. and BTW it is what is SUPPOSEd to happen. normal women seek to sexually attrack men. but normal people have sex in private and also keep their sexual body parts private.  otherwise the end result will be naked people such as in the Castro district of San Francisco having sex right out in public.  This is what they all want to happen in every city in the US.  Do not be fooled by the gender equality crap.  It is intended to be “step one” of a whole big program of the nudists. and it might interest you to know that many people (such as myself…whose bodies are private) would never go to a topless beach or carnivale in Brazil, nor hotel pool in Europe where nudity will exist.  I avoid all such places and have every right to.  I should not be forced to have it in my face on public streets in an unavoidable situation. It is WRONG.  People everywhere need to complain loudly every time it happens. and the consitution does NOt say they have a right to protest nude.  obscentiy laws are determined by local town and state levels and it IS your community job to determine what is indecent in public.  YES you are supposed to regular immorality in your own community.  And I will live in a community that values modesty. if another community allows public perversity I will never go there.  I SHOULD have that choice to avoid it.

Posted on 12/05/2011 at 1:22 AM

arleigh says:

Having been a mild observer of human nature all my young 61 years ,I have come to the conclusion that what is covered creates more problems than what is uncovered.
Where is the currosity in a bare hand versis a hand covered with a glove ?
Michel Jackson to be precise.
  If the mystery is removed it is no longer a distraction except for those obsessed with something unnaturally. It s the person with the obsession that has the probem ,whether the isssue is covered or uncovered.
  Some people are obessed with feet necks arms money food clothing every thing on the planet. to cater to these people with an obsession over the rest of humanity whom have no obsession seems imballanced . Because of culture ? a false modisty ?
Personal imperfection (by some comparison) ?
  The dark ages built a lot of false doctrines even covering the tabe leggs because it was thought to be suggestive.
  I see more problems with the rubber band effect , people forced in restraint untill the governing source is out of range and then jumping to abuse on the first oprtunity.
In contrast , Children raised in a naturist environment have little interest in the opposit sex nor are they distracted by it. It is not a secrit obsession.

Posted on 05/02/2012 at 1:40 AM

jaronbbb says:

There are fat guys that show there nippleas and that’s the samething so I think that they should do it but they need to worry about the inportent things first js

Posted on 08/15/2012 at 10:43 PM

Rupom says:

It is not ethical or fair especially to their near and dear ones because here women have been treated as product not human being. It may run in western world not in the Middle East or Eastern world

Posted on 12/07/2012 at 10:11 AM

Anthony G. says:

manwcp says :
I believe it is time to let woman go topless.  In the late 90’S I read many articles linking some forms of breast cancer.  The practice of whereing bra’s date’s back as far as queen-victoria’s time.  Then again in the 1900’S, because breast-feeding became very painful, because clothing was very and made woman’s nipples cracked. We no longer have clothes made out of burlap.  All over Europe women are free to choose whether to go topless, or no.  It’s time to grant full equality, in a country that boasts about freedom for all.  I know many women and men will reed this and say ” just another man looking for a cheap thrill” But they’d be wrong.  I have Cerebral palsy, and live in BigFork mn.  Every time I went to the beach last summer, and took my shurt off, the police would be called with reports that I was nude, in reality I had Shorts on but with all the support I need, you can’t see my shorts unless your right next to me.  I know the humiliation it caused, nobody Should be forced to where clothing we don’t want, or need, from a bra and shirt, to even a wet shirt in a hot wheelchair.  Not to mention the poor body image we put on young woman to look a certain way.

Posted on 02/24/2013 at 6:49 PM

Taylor says:

Corriander, I think that you are being extremely sexist in your post, and very racist as well, and not backing up by facts whatsoever. It is absolutely shameful to hear you talk about teaching your children when what you have written is extremely and utterly disgusting. you should be ashamed of yourself.
    As for the breast thing, I believe what some of the others are saying, and will add some of my own, that the law is in place because women are physically different from men, and nothing anyone can say is different, women has breasted, men do not, (don’t feed me that crap that men also have breasts, they are just smaller, you know they are different) and because of that, there is a law. Also, my point is that we live in a society where breasts are extremely sexualized, and have been since the Renaissance, and if women went around naked, there would probably be a higher level of rape than before because it would set men off, BUT not every man of course, not every man is a sick pervert, just the ones who have trouble controlling themselves. This would probably last for the first decade or so until society were to change, if it changed, you must understand that 500 years of societal evolution has created a very sexual aspect of breasts, and it would be very difficult to filter that sexual aspect, if ever.

Posted on 03/08/2013 at 7:38 PM

Michael says:

I think it’s really sad that everyone attacks the men that don’t approve of women walking around topless, claiming they are only spiteful because they feel inferior, when those men are probably the ones that respect women most of all. I don’t approve of it because I think that modesty reflects a respect that one has for their own body.  I feel the same way for men as well.  In my opinion, men and women who don’t expose what is most sacred to them (their bodies) except to those they love and trust more than anyone is a very important part of self respect.

Posted on 04/12/2013 at 2:37 PM

Frank says:

Jesus M… amen bro
There is nothing wrong with a woman showing her breasts in public. Breasts are only sexual because in the USA we are taught again and again that they are, but if you think about it, how is a woman’s chest more involved in sex than a mans? If you think that breasts will arouse men, shirtless muscular guys with six packs arise women as well, at that sight if women could somehow get boners, many probably would.
And about the whole children issue, babies suck on nipples all the time, I highly doubt that children will be scarred for life at the sight of a topless woman, especially if it is on a regular basis (i. e. at the beach).
Things that are kept hidden cause more attention than things that aren’t. 
If anything, breasts are beautiful and should be respected as part of the female body and if you don’t believe that, just accept it, because it is ULTIMATELY SEXIST that one gender can do something on a regular basis that the other can’t. NO EXCUSES.

Posted on 04/24/2013 at 5:37 PM

Frank says:

And for people who say that going topless is demeanoring to women, it is demeanoring that women are taught that they should be ashamed to show certain body parts in public that the opposite gender can, without much of a reason besides that they are female.
For those that say that many women are uncomfortable with their bodies and are too embarrassed, SO ARE MANY MEN. If guys are too skinny or too fat or don’t have a great body, most of the time are pointed out and made ashamed of their bodies. Besides, women would a have a choice, (something that men don’t get, if men don’t want to take their shirts off, they are pressured into doing it or often times excluded).
This issue has nothing to do with sex or going naked. TOPLESS IS NOT NAKED. I don’t think that most are saying that people should be allowed to go naked in public. They are just breasts!
CHANGE IS NECESSARY and generally for the better. No matter what its for, there is always resistance. Mohandas Ghandi once said that there are 5 steps for a people/culture to accept change (1)ignore the change, (2) ridicule the change, (3)deny the change (4) attack the change, (5) accept the change
there are many other issues out there like this that will gradually change as well (some being: animals being slaughtered for food, prohibition of marijuana). There was a time when men couldn’t go shirtless, but that changed and so will the laws against women going topless.

Posted on 04/24/2013 at 5:55 PM

Ready-for-clothing-optional says:

While I hope that this country goes clothing optional some day I am amazed by all of the comments talking about men being shirtless all around. I do not know where you are but it is not anywhere around where I work, shop or live. And I do not find it appropriate for men either. It is just showing off your contempt of everyone around you.Ignorance on the part of men is not a good support of the position for women doing it. Just be honest and say you want to be naked. That I can support. Do not try and conceal it under a phony justification for “equality”. Just be naked and stand up for it. More people will support that than you realize.

Posted on 05/31/2013 at 9:39 PM

henry says:

shame I missed the march. it looked a little nipply out there.

Posted on 07/12/2013 at 2:36 PM

really? says:

woman can show breast what they cant show is their ariolas and men have ariolas so that whole men don’t have what woman have argument is invalid.

Posted on 08/17/2013 at 4:59 PM

Willy-Bill says:

Clearly there is confusion about women and men chest physiology.  News flash, men also have breast tissue, as well as mammary glands.  The only difference, is a hormone activation (which can be done in men’s bodies, as often times is required, in the absence of a woman’s breast milk).  The fact that the laws allow men to walk around topless, but women are forbidden this right, is discriminatory.  It isn’t sexual, it isn’t indecent.  It is discrimination, at its finest.

I’m a Christian.  I believe in equal rights, between all, of all races, ethnics, and sexes.  No person or persons (including government) should have the right to tell another human being what is morally right, and what is morally wrong.  And please, committing murder, and other heinous crimes, are beyond the scope of what is moral, and what is not.

Posted on 09/04/2013 at 11:32 PM

Willy-Bill says:

Oh, and as far as the ideology that exposing one’s body parts, except for the one they love, is a lack of self respect, the same can be said of the ideology that it is a lack of self esteem, to go around, pushing one’s personal morals (or society’s morals) down others throats.

Posted on 09/04/2013 at 11:38 PM

Hannah says:

This is the most gross.

Posted on 10/05/2013 at 3:56 PM

john says:

we had a party at the beach where I live with my department at work and to my surprise
wow most of the women in no time flat were topless or just plain nude.  Really gives a different prospective when the gal you sit next to is there showing you her bare breast or totally nude.  After that an many of us got drunk sex was ramped The next day when I went to work one of the gals asked me why I didn’t have sex with her and several of the other gals.  Later my woman manager called me in and told me I need to become part of the group and next time I need to participate.  I work with 15 women and there are only 3 guys including me.  Since that time I have been invited to lunch and nights out and told to get with the program.  These are all college graduates and high level engineers or programers.  Well who says guys are the aggressive sex.  Yea the last party I did 3 of the gals and next day was told how nice I was and they were looking forward to be being at a weekend long retreat.

Posted on 08/14/2014 at 8:19 PM

julian says:

18 Woe to those who drag wickedness
with cords of deceit
and pull sin along with cart ropes,
19 to those who say:
“Let Him hurry up and do His work quickly
so that we can see it!
Let the plan of the Holy One of Israel take place
so that we can know it!”
20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who substitute darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own opinion
and clever in their own sight.[j]

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 12:18 PM

julian says:

Followup Postscript to my comments/response:from Isaiah Chapter 5:18-21

Posted on 08/25/2014 at 12:22 PM

Ross Narczewski says:

I have to say I completely disagree with Ramish.  This isn’t about exploiting sexuality and it’s disgusting that some people can be so judgmental and prudish.  A woman’s chest being bare doesn’t go against any more moral authority other than what people have had drilled into their heads. It’s ridiculous how crazy people are about a woman’s chest.  Ramish can have his opinion but God bless the people that disagree.  I’m all for a woman having the right to be bare chested if a man can without the threat of harassment or being criminalized.  We’ll have to put up with puritanical beliefs of course, that’s the sad world we live in.

Posted on 10/31/2014 at 10:17 AM

Ross Narczewski says:

And Julian, if you are using your statements to attack people who believe in barechestedness, then you better remember how not to judge others or else you will be judged.  This is not about making something bad good.  If you are attacking this, then it is in your opinion only and it has nothing to do with morality.  That is the religious Taliban talking.

Posted on 10/31/2014 at 10:21 AM

ray hhenson says:

I am 78 and can not understand all this protest over bare breast.growing up I found it common practice for women to breast feed and no one thought it unusual,it was in fact common pratice

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